Three Square Market, a technology company in Wisconsin has announced that it will become the first business in the US to microchip its employees.
Those who have the chips inserted will use the technology to pay for food and drink in the company’s break room, open doors, login to computers and use the copy machine.
The company has outlined that they will offer the use of the microchip to everyone who works there on 1st of August 2017, but have stressed that the programme is optional. Three Square Market has said that it expects over 50 staff to take part.
What is the technology?
Implanted underneath the skin between the thumb and forefinger, the chips will use NFC (near-field communications) technology to operate – the same technology used today in contactless credit cards and mobile-device payments.
Further to the basic functions, other uses have already been announced. Todd Westby, the company’s chief executive, has said that the chips will also be used to unlock phones, share business cards and store medical and health information.
“Eventually, this technology will become standardised allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc”
– Chief Executive, Todd Westby
“The international market place is wide-open and we believe that the future trajectory of total market share is going to be driven by who captures this arena first”
– Chief Operating Officer, Patrick McMullan.
With these additional capacities already disclosed, before the launch date has even arrived, how safe and ethical will these chips really be? Can other functionalities be added without the users’ knowledge? And what about the current looming threat of cyber attacks – how will an organisation deal with employees’ chips if they are hacked? Or is this simply the next step for the technolgy evolution that will make our working day easier and more efficient? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure: we are now very much in the most exciting digital times in history.
Full Story Courtesy of The Independent